By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A seventh minister of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s government has resigned amid accusations of corruption. Ministro das Cidades (Minister of Cities) Mário Negromonte has been accused of awarding public work contracts to companies which are financial supporting his party. He denies the allegations.

Minister for National Integration Fernando Bezerra with former Cities Minister Mário Negromonte (right), photo by Elza Fiúza/ABr.
Former Minister of Cities Mário Negromonte (right) is pictured with Minister for National Integration Fernando Bezerra, who survived accusations of nepotism in early January 2012, photo by Elza Fiúza/ABr.

Progressive Party (PP) leader Aguinaldo Ribeiro is set to take over from Negromonte.

The widely-anticipated resignation came after Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo newspaper reported that Negromonte’s chief secretary had met with a businessman to discuss the bidding process for public work to be undertaken in Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso state.

It falls on the Ministry of Cities to award the contracts, and the minister is responsible for signing off on the deals.

Since President Rousseff took office in January 2011, there have now been eight high-ranking figures to leave their positions in her government, of which seven have resigned amid corruption allegations – now including Negromonte.

  • Antônio Palocci, Chief of Staff – June 2011
  • Alfredo Nascimiento, Minister of Transportation – July 2011
  • Wagner Rossi, Minister of Agriculture – August 2011
  • Pedro Novais, Minister for Tourism – September 2011
  • Orlando Silva, Minister of Sports – October 2011
  • Carlos Lupi, Minister of Labor – December 2011
  • Mário Negromonte, Minister of Cities – February 2012

All of the ministers have denied the allegations.

Defense Minister Nelson Jobim also left office in early August, but this was brought about by remarks he had made about the administration, rather than through accusations of corruption.

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  1. We’re about to get another one fired. There is no way the Minister of Finance will survive the news that his hand-picked choice for the Mint (Casa da Moeda) squirreled away $25million in Caribbean tax havens. Mantega (accent on the first syllable) is not as slippery as manteiga, and he’s definitely on the way out, even if he’s the darling of the leftists.


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